Word of the Year 2006

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  • Che Tibby,

    When you're at sea, you really miss the shapeliness of a woman's leg?

    it just occured to me that if you're a whaler pwning a big 'un of the bow, it might look remarkably like a thigh.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Gam - Etymologically anything to do with hams?

    Gammy leg anyone?

    As for "pwn"... being of a certain ethnicity I had assumed it was pronounced the same as "cwm".

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    I'd only ever seen gams for legs in the plural - "nice gams". Something you might expect Jimmy Stewart or Humphrey Bogart to say at some point in the film.

    Teh Internets tells me gam is/was a collective noun for whales and whalers (presumably for people too rustic to use 'pod'). I'm guessing the former was the earlier. this guy is bemused by such issues.

    Out whaling, I imagine anything would look like a thigh after a while.

    Strike me as an old english word or summat, with the whales. Whereas the legs might credibly be though to come (internets again) from italian 'gamba' for, well, legs.

    But looking for connects is always fun, so keep it up.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1091 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Um... well the "w" pronounced the same as in "cwm".

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  • Jeremy Andrew,

    When you're a whaler, after 6 months in a leaky boat, a lot of things probably start to look like a woman's thigh...

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    My 12yo l337 expert insists there's a shade of meaning between "pwned" and "owned" that I don't fully understand.

    He pronounces it "pwinned", anyway.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Lyndon Hood,

    I had assumed it was pronounced the same as "cwm"

    So that would be "pooned"?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1091 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    So that would be "pooned"?

    Kind of. I don't know how to spell it phonetically, but somewhere between pooned & punned.

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  • hamishm,

    So that would be "pooned"?

    In terms of harpooned?

    Didn't Popeye used to say" I gam what I gam"?

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  • Che Tibby,

    actually, if your the sort of person who pwns poon you probably belong in a place with lots of other blokes.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    doh , you're*

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    you probably belong in a place with lots of other blokes

    a pwnshop?

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  • Tomorrowpeople,

    pwning the gam.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    I nearly said boarding school, but like, I don't want to offend anyone.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    source

    Gammy: To have a gammy leg implies a deformed or lame leg. It comes from the Celtic cam or kam meaning "crooked". Surprisingly, the use is said to be relatively modern in spite of the age of its origin

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    It's pretty geeky 'round here and pwned is always pronounced p-own-d, although I have heard it pronounced 'pawned' (but the individual was mocked for being a noob. I'm pretty sure there is only one way of pronouncing that).

    So that would be "pooned"?

    Hehe, no that is something quite different :D.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    lol

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Hamish,

    Also: 10 points to Juha for using inimicable.

    The A.K. • Since Nov 2006 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    here's another one. someone asked who was the AB who said this:

    I've played for [ ], the [ ] and the [ ] - those are teams that I've cared fundamentally about so to play overseas would be mercenary. If you could attach it to a place like southern France or Italy where your interests were aligned it would be more of a trade off - but I do feel that I want to put my roots down in the south because I've lived such a peripatetic lifestyle

    *team names removed to make it harder

    i'll give the game away by saying that i had no idea what peripatetic means. to find out it was a front rower was surprising. whatever happened to stupid rugby players i do not know...

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    Anton Oliver? He's a smart cookie.

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    bingo. the cookie for being the smarty goes to hamish.

    i would have thought years of pwning opposing scrums worldwide would make a man stupidier. myth deflated.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    I'll be parochial and guess Todd Blackadder, who's also been known to produce the odd complete sentence.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4285 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    i'm sure anton's a smart cookie, but sometimes i feel he just uses long words to show off. he's such a thoroughgoingly lexiphanic bastard

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Crikey, and he didn't even use the most over-used phrase in world history 'at the end of the day' (even more used that "praise be to Allah" or "would you like fries with that?").

    ...

    "at teh end of teh day I was pwned"

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    he's such a thoroughgoingly lexiphanic bastard

    I'll make a supernacular toast to that.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

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